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ERIC Number: EJ1104790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Development and Feasibility of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program for Rural Families: Application of the Social Cognitive Theory
Knol, Linda L.; Myers, Harriet H.; Black, Sheila; Robinson, Darlene; Awololo, Yawah; Clark, Debra; Parker, Carson L.; Douglas, Joy W.; Higginbotham, John C.
American Journal of Health Education, v47 n4 p204-214 2016
Background: Effective childhood obesity prevention programs for preschool children are limited in number and focus on changes in the child care environment rather than the home environment. Purpose: The purpose of this project was to develop and test the feasibility of a home environment obesity prevention program that incorporates mindful eating strategies and social cognitive theory (SCT) constructs. Home Sweet Home (HSH) is specifically designed for rural parents and grandparents of preschool-age children. Methods: HSH was developed using community-based participatory research practices and constructs from SCT. Three community-based education sessions were delivered. Pre- and postintervention data were collected from 47 grandparents and mothers. Results: Three of the 4 selected behavioral outcomes improved between pre- and postintervention. The number of hours engaged in sedentary behaviors and intake of "red light" foods decreased and 3 of 4 mindful eating scores increased. Graduates of the program were able to decrease the number of red light foods available in their homes. Discussion: Improvements in mindful eating and several key behaviors were observed after a 3-week mindful eating/home environment intervention. Translation to Health Education Practice: Health Educators should incorporate mindful eating strategies and use SCT when designing childhood obesity prevention programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R24MD007930